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City takes precautions for Coronavirus
City of Memphis takes precautions for Coronavirus
Posted on 03/04/2020
By Leah Kraus, Digital Content Coordinator

The first case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) was confirmed in Shelby County on March 8. We all have a role to play in keeping this illness from spreading in our communities.

Mayor Jim Strickland has required that all City divisions, managers, and associated agencies protect themselves as well as citizens by conducting an aggressive preventative disinfection (top to bottom) of all public facilities immediately and routinely. 

Managers and divisions have been asked to follow the recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This includes routinely cleaning all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs as well as kiosks, public computers, pay stations, etc.  

All employees have been asked to stay home when sick, avoid contact with people who may be sick, and wash their hands often. For large gatherings, we’ve asked managers to provide prevention supplies at events, including ensuring soap is available at sinks as well as hand sanitizer.

We encourage all citizens to follow prevention steps from the CDC including: 
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • stay home if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • wash your hands often

The CDC asks that if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

For full guidance on coronavirus, visit the CDC’s website here

Shelby County Health Department has also set up a website for coronavirus here

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